The University of Michigan has fired Connor Stallions, the accused ringleader of an alleged license plate theft scheme.
It was revealed on October 18 that the NCAA was investigating the football program for license plate theft.
Since the investigation began, more damning evidence has emerged of the Stallions’ alleged involvement.
It has been reported that the Stallions have bought tickets to more than 30 games at 11 different Big Ten schools over the past three seasons, including this season. Michigan was not playing in any of the games the Stallions purchased tickets for, sources told ESPN.
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An unnamed former Division III college football coach then claimed the Stallions paid him “a few hundred dollars” for tapes of the Wolverines’ future opponents, ESPN’s Dan Murphy reported. The coach added that he received free tickets and shared the footage via an iPhone photo album.
The former coach said he went to two Penn State Football games and a Rutgers game. Michigan is scheduled to play the Nittany Lions next month.
The Stallions were also reportedly on the Central Michigan sideline when the team played Michigan State on Sept. 1, wearing a bench credential that read “VB,” a visiting bench designation. This gives the credential holder access to stand between the 20-yard lines, which are usually for players, coaches, team trainers and equipment personnel.
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The stallions were initially suspended with pay from the school. He was an off-field analyst with the football team, according to his LinkedIn profile.
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The stallions reportedly refused to cooperate with the investigation.